The Montreal SPCA and Pit Stop Montreal celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day

Montreal, October 23, 2013 – This year’s National Pit Bull Awareness Day is October 26, 2013! In honor of this National day, and to promote and raise public awareness about Pit Bull type dogs, the Montreal SPCA and Pit Stop Montreal are hosting a special event this Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00pm at the SPCA shelter located at 5215 Jean Talon West in Montreal.

The Montreal SPCA has many incredible dogs available for adoption. Each dog is assessed to determine their temperament and needs, and to make sure that we can find the right family that meets their needs. “All dogs, no matter their appearance or heritage, are individuals and deserving of love and compassion,” said Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA. “Like all dogs, some Pit Bull type dogs are high energy and will require an active household; others are couch potatoes, preferring to spend quality time lounging around. We encourage families looking to adopt a dog to look beyond physical appearance and breed stereotypes and instead focus on the personalities and behaviour traits of each dog as an individual.”

On Saturday, October 26th, we invite the public to come by and meet Pit Bull type dogs available for adoption through the Montreal SPCA and PitStop Montreal and to learn about the truths and myths surrounding this often discriminated against group of dogs. “We are so excited to be hosting this event with the Montreal SPCA and to inform the public regarding facts and myths related to Pit bull type dogs, while at the same time promoting some of the incredible dogs we have available for adoption,” said Irina Daminoiu, President and Founder of Pit-Stop Montreal. “Because of the negative image portrayed by most mainstream media and the breed discrimination legislation in some municipalities, Pit bull type dogs tend to spend longer time in shelters waiting for homes and there are few rescue or community resources in Quebec to help these dogs. This is why it is so important for Pit Stop Montreal and the Montreal SPCA to hold events to better inform the public and raise awareness. We hope to see lots of people on this Saturday (October 26) at the Montreal SPCA between 12:00 pm to 4:00pm!”

Headline photo: Valley, a female Pit bull type dog who is available for adoption at the Montreal SPCA.


Media Contact: Alanna Devine, Director of animal advocacy, Montreal SPCA, 514-735-2711, ext 2245, or adevine@spcamontreal.com

About the SPCA: The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society in Canada, founded in Montreal in 1869. Guided by the humane ethic, it is the mission of the SPCA to:

  •  protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation;
  • represent their interests and ensure their well-being;
  • raise public awareness and help develop compassion for all living beings.

Our role is to prevent cruelty to animals through a number of actions that benefit animals and humans. Visit our web site at www.spca.com.

About PitStop Montreal: Pit Stop Montreal (PSM) is a not for profit rescue whose mission is to ensure that pit bull type dogs receive equal treatment and opportunities as any other dog through education and awareness campaigns, adoption clinics, sterilization clinics, the placement of dogs in to foster homes, through fundraising events and finally through the opening of our sanctuary – we do not yet have a physical location. Visit our web site at www.pitstopmontreal.com

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